Workshops

For dates or to register for a workshop visit the timetable page

or call Toni on 0411 579 778

Full Day – includes morning tea, lunch & notes

Backyard Veggies 1

Ever wondered what The Veggie Lady’s garden looks like?  Take a trip to Camden and see Toni’s own garden.  Take the principles from Toni’s garden and learn how to transform your own backyard into a food forest, whether it’s a tiny balcony or a 5 acre property!  See how to divide your garden into zones for entertaining, flowers and vegetable growing, fruit and perennial orchard, and even backyard poultry.

Topics include –

  • placement and layout
  • plant grouping
  • crop rotation
  • what to plant when
  • chicken keeping.

Start the day with home-baked morning tea and enjoy lunch from Toni’s own garden as well as other tasty local gourmet produce.  Organic seeds and other garden needs also for sale.


Backyard Veggies 2

Can’t get enough about growing veggies at home?  This workshop compliments Backyard Veggies and gives additional information on how to have a self sufficient organic vegetable garden.  (Participants do not need to have done the first class). Find out why most people fail at making compost, set up your own worm farm, learn  techniques for companion planting and organic pest and disease control. Bring a small container of soil for sampling pH levels during the class – take sample from 5cm below surface.

Topics include –

  • What is organic gardening?
  • Composting & worm farms
  • Importance of soil pH and soil testing (bring a small sample of soil for testing)
  • Companion planting
  • Home made pesticides

1/2 day workshops

Balcony Gardening / Veggie Gardening in Pots

Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables but don’t think you have enough space?  Learn how to grow vegetables in pots with this workshop.  Whether you are living in an apartment or your only have a small courtyard or you simply want to know how to grow plants successfully in pots, then this is for you.  Includes tips on getting the most out of your small garden through vertical planting.

Topics covered –

  • Size and type of pots to use
  • Type of plants to suit pots
  • Recommended potting mix
  • Watering and fertilising
  • Seasonal planting

Bulbs

Get planting now for a wonderful spring display.  From formal plantings to rambling cottage gardens, bulbs can highlight any garden with colour.  Learn how to select, plant, grow and divide a range of bulbs for your climate.  Additional cost for take-home packs for planting a pot of bulbs.

Topics include –

  • Designing with bulbs
  • Climate, Soil requirements
  • Planting and growing
  • Planting in pots, Problems, Propagating

Composting Know-how

This is where life starts – the ground!  Your plants will only ever be as good as the soil they are grown in, so get a good start for your own health’s sake.  Learn what makes up good soil and look at some problems you may encounter when composting at home.  Covers different methods of composting, constructing a compost heap, sourcing materials for layering your compost and troubleshooting.

 

Gardening with Native Plants

Learn the secret of growing a native garden successfully.  Turn your garden into an environmental legacy that protects our endangered plants and animals.  Look at why native gardens appear scrappy and why plants you buy in the nursery seem to die the moment they’re planted.  This workshop covers basic design with native plants and shows pictures of great native gardens.

Topic include –

  • why choose a native garden
  • local plant species for your garden
  • planting, care and maintenance

Green Cleaning

Learn how to give your house a spring clean without all the nasty chemicals.  See why chemical cleaners are harming people and the environment and find alternatives to use instead.  Look at the steps you can take to make your indoors safe for everyone and discover how to clean your house from top to bottom using everyday items.

Herbs / Building a herb spiral and growing herbs at home
Nothing is better than cooking with fresh herbs but too often we waste what we buy from the supermarket.  So why not learn how to grow your own herbs at home and avoid the waste, save money and always have fresh herbs at the back door.  Learn how to cultivate a variety of herbs in one small space by building a herb spiral or growing them in pots.  This workshop allows you to explore some of the many uses of herbs from the garden, gives you a chance to sample them during morning tea and shows you how make and taste some herbal teas.

Topics include –

  • Types of herbs and their growing requirements
  • Uses for herbs, Growing in containers
  • Dynamics and construction of a herb spiral

Homegrown Berries

Would you like to grow delicious berries at home?  From pruning to propagation, arm yourself with a little practical know-how and you’ll reap the berry basics. Types of berries and fruiting vines including raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, passionfruit, kiwifruit and grape vines.

Topics include –

  • Fertilising and growing healthy plants
  • Pruning techniques
  • Dealing with pest and disease

Home Orchard

You don’t need a farm to grow your own fruit.  See how careful plant selection and grafting techniques allow the home gardener to grow a variety of fruit in their own yard. The workshop includes how to grow apples, pears, citrus, figs, stonefruit, bananas and melons.     Pruning and fertilising also covered.


Heirloom Tomatoes

Can you remember the way tomatoes used to taste?  Why do our shop bought tomatoes have no flavour? See why the most grown vegetable in our back yards is the most disappointing.   Learn how to grow tomatoes that taste great and come in all sorts of shapes and colours.

Topics include –

  • Hybrid vs heirloom varieties
  • Protecting our seed heritage
  • Favourite varieties
  • Why tomatoes don’t grow
  • Tips to grow successfully in pots and in the ground
  • Organic pest & disease control of tomatoes

Natural Rose Care & Maintenance

This workshop looks at the different types of roses available to the home gardener today.  Learn how to prune and fertilize your roses to get the best flowers in the neighbourhood.  We also cover how you can maintain your rose bushes organically, controlling pests and diseases without harming yourself or the environment.  (Class is best held with access to rose garden for demonstrating pruning techniques.

Topics include –

  • Types of roses
  • Soil and fertilizers
  • Growing roses
  • Pruning
  • Pest and disease control

New Plants from Old – Plant propagation techniques

Don’t buy expensive plants and seedlings ever again!  Save money and learn how to sow your own seeds and take your own cuttings.  This workshop shows you what seeds to choose, how to make your own propagating mix and how to do soft-wood, semi-hardwood and hardwood cuttings as well as layering.  You’ll also learn how to collect and store seed from your current harvest.

No-Dig Gardens

Take the stress and back-ache out of gardening and construct a no-dig garden instead.  See how you can care for the environment by using this technique of layering organic materials to make a lush fertile garden.  Look at what sort of materials you can use and where to source them.  Practical component allows for on garden bed to be constructed by participants.

Topics include –

  • Why No-dig?
  • Different materials to use
  • Steps in constructing a no-dig garden
  • Practical demonstration

Organic Garden Problem Solver

Get the best out of your garden and discover tricks to avoid problems.  Find solutions for black spot on roses, whitefly on tomatoes, weeds in the driveway, soggy spots in the lawn and more!  All organic solutions including home made pesticides and companion planting.  Bring along some of your diseased leaves or pest problems to solve during the workshop.

Topics include –

  • Environmental controls
  • Insect, weed and fungal solutions
  • Companion planting
  • Home-made & commercial pesticides

Olives

Ever wanted to grow your own olives?  Find out all you need to know about growing olive trees in your backyard and then see how to use them.  Learn how to prepare snacks and meals using olive products.  Help prepare and sample a range of delicious treats including bruschetta, gourmet salad dressings, pastas and more.  This workshop will feature biodynamic olives & flavoured crush oils grown in Mudgee.  Bottles available for purchase after the class.  Includes afternoon tea, fact sheet & recipes.

Waterwise Gardening

This workshop will look at how to effectively garden in drought conditions with particular concern for current water restrictions.  Learn effective irrigation methods, what is an ecological garden and ways of preserving water.

Topics include –

  • Irrigating with water restrictions
  • Use of grey water
  • Mulching & increasing water holding capacity of soil
  • Water tanks
  • Plant selection with local native species

Wormshop

Start your own worm farm.  Learn the difference between compost worms and earthworms, what to feed your worms and how to use worm products in your garden.  Additional cost for worms, containers and bedding materials.

Topics include –

  • How to use worms and worm products in the garden
  • Different types of worms
  • Feeding worms
  • General care and maintenance

 

PRIVATE GROUP SESSIONS

All Veggie Lady workshops and seminars are developed by a registered horticulturist and a fact sheet is provided for printing.  The workshops are classroom style with a maximum of 20 participants per class.  Group sessions can be arranged for workshops on site. Individual workshops can be adapted to suit your requirements and may also include practical components if the venue allows. Price on application.